PUBLIC TALK: SymbioticA Friday seminar: Creative Work and Long-Distance Collaboration. Speakers: Anne Niemetz and Andrew Pelling
|SymbioticA Friday seminar: Creative Work and Long-Distance Collaboration. Speakers: Anne Niemetz and Andrew Pelling
Media artist Anne Niemetz (Victoria University Wellington) and cell biophysicist Andrew Pelling (University of Ottawa) will speak about their past projects and present experiments in the art-science realm. They first met in 2003 in Los Angeles, where they created “The Dark Side of the Cell”, an audio-visual event based on the sound of living cells. Since then, they have moved to countries thousands of miles apart, posing new challenges to their collaboration. This is their first visit to SymbioticA, and they are very much looking forward to meeting its researchers and sharing thoughts about creative work, and the relationship of art and science.
Anne Niemetz studied Media Arts at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (HfG), Germany, with a focus in digital media and interactive sound installation, and in 2002 received the German “Diplom” degree. She continued her studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduated in 2004 with a Master of Fine Art granted by the Design|Media Art department. In 2007 she moved to New Zealand, where she holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the Media programme, which is situated in the School of Design of Victoria University of Wellington.
Her interests and work span a variety of digital and analog media, including video, audio, installation, physical computing and stage design. She is particularly fascinated by the areas of convergence of art and science, design and technology, and she pursues collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects. Her work has been exhibited internationally, also see: https://www.adime.de/exhibitions.html
Dr. Andrew E. Pelling is an assistant professor cross-appointed in the Departments of Physics and Biology at the University of Ottawa. He was named a Canada Research Chair in 2008, received an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award in 2009 and an Ontario Early Researcher Award in 2010. Andrew completed his undergraduate studies at University of Toronto (1997-2001), his PhD under the supervision of James K. Gimzewski at the University of California, Los Angeles (2001-2005) and his post-doctoral research as a Senior Research Fellow at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London with Michael A. Horton (2005-2008). Andrew leads the Pelling Lab for Biological Physics, which is comprised of people from a wide variety of scientific backgrounds. The Pelling Lab is primarily focused on the integration of multiple optical techniques with nanomechanical probes to study how forces can be used to manipulate and control single cells, tissues, organs and whole organisms. The research in the Pelling Lab exists at the interface of several disciplines in both the arts and sciences. Andrew's work is highly collaborative and exploratory and is always open to new directions and ideas.
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